DA: 2 Guilty in 'Rollin' 60s' Gang Case

First round of verdicts in 18-member gang bust, the largest in Nassau history, DA says.

Two men were found guilty and one went free in a trial surrounding the "largest gang bust in Nassau County history," announced the Nassau County District Attorney Wednesday.

Kwame Lake, 22, of Hempstead, and Derick Hernandez, 22, of Roosevelt, were found guilty on felony robbery charges and will face prison time, said the DA.

Prosecutors said the two, along with a third man, Kurtis Phillip, 22, of Uniondale, lured a Hempstead business owner to a residential street and robbed him. The three reportedly made off with the victim's wallet, ID, $1,000 in cash, and $2,000 worth of property in the Feb. 2013 incident.

The three were among 18 arrests in what is reportedly the largest gang bust in Nassau County history. Lake and Hernandez are members of the Crip-affiliate gang, the "Rollin' 60s." The Crips have had  a presence in Roosevelt since 2001, the DA said. The duo were arrested in April after a year-long investigation by the DA, Nassau County Police Department, and FBI.

Lake faces up to 15 years behind bars for second-degree robbery. Hernandez could spend seven years behind bars for third-degree robbery.

The jury deliberated on the charges for a day and a half, said the DA.

Phillip was found not guilty of robbery charges, but DA Kathleen Rice said while her office respects the jury's verdict, she will "continue the prosecution of other defendants."

bob young February 19, 2014 at 08:36 PM
"Largest gang bust in Nassau County history." really! I guess we live in a pretty safe county if a crime like this is considered a major gang bust. I'm guessing something like this happens several times an hour in NYC. Why does Rice need to exaggerate the significance of this? Guess she is compensating for her incompetence.
MysteriousMrX February 19, 2014 at 09:04 PM
Seriously...TWO people amounts to the "Largest gang bust in Nassau County history." LOL. I feel so safe here!
Daniela Farrell February 19, 2014 at 10:06 PM
Largest gang in Nassau are the crips. There was a bust on their members making it largest gang bust in nassau history. Its a question of semantics here not anyone's incompetence just marketing to sharpen interest by readers at the hands of journalism
bob young February 19, 2014 at 10:55 PM
No that was a quote from Rice. She is an incompetent lib, and a lying hypocrite as well.
Right Here February 20, 2014 at 07:46 AM
If Obama had sons....
Ivan Ivanovich February 20, 2014 at 08:51 AM
She failed to convict all three, further proof of her glaring incompetence, she's perfect for congress,
RHMcCabe February 20, 2014 at 08:54 AM
Rice wants a higher office,many children cheat on exams.
Sal Anthony February 20, 2014 at 10:27 AM
They are aspiring rappers they were gonna go to college.
Brian February 20, 2014 at 11:23 AM
Right Here, you're pathetic.
TJ Eckleburg February 20, 2014 at 01:13 PM
bob just doesn't like women very much, and women with power... now they really make him foam at the mouth.
bob young February 20, 2014 at 03:07 PM
Thanks for weighing in TJ. Im sure people find your comment very enlightening. BTW, TJ, are you online stalking me?
TJ Eckleburg February 20, 2014 at 03:20 PM
Go take your meds, bob, you sound like a lunatic.
bob young February 20, 2014 at 05:28 PM
Tj I truly feel sorry for you. May your soul find peace
joesph McCormick March 04, 2014 at 11:32 AM


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